Amazon will buy Whole Foods

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Amazon.com has announced that it is buying the Whole Foods grocery chain for $13.7 billion.

Commenters are saying that this will help Amazon.com sell groceries on-line.  At the news the stock of traditional grocery stores, including Costco, have plummeted.

But the draw of Whole Foods its organic offerings and the attractive atmosphere of the store?  I don’t know that Whole Foods–with its high prices and its high social status–would work if customers shopped privately without the social dimension of shopping.

Maybe Amazon will keep the bricks-and-mortar concept, but Whole Foods has been losing money and its new owners are probably planning a technological solution.

Would you buy groceries on Amazon?  Would you ever come to the point of never going shopping for anything, just having everything delivered?  Wouldn’t you sometimes want to leave your house? [Read more…]